09/20/2005 11:00PM

Feature lacking clear pick


ELMONT, N.Y. - A field of nine 3-year-olds entered Friday's $65,000 Subordination Stakes, and it's anyone's guess which one the crowd will make the favorite.

Scheduled for 1 1/8 miles on the inner turf course, the Subordination is restricted to nonwinners of a stakes race on the grass, and it is wide open.

Trip handicappers are likely to be torn between Fishy Advice and Reel Legend.

, a close third in the Palm Beach Stakes at Gulfstream last March, returned from a four-month layoff and closed like a freight train to win an entry-level allowance on opening day at Saratoga. He was made the favorite in his next and most recent start, but hit the side of the gate and came away in a tangle, and he raced wide rallying for third.

was probably best when he ran second in the Lexington Stakes on this course in July, but was shuffled back badly into the far turn and closed fast too late to catch Woodlander. He has been idle for nearly seven weeks since a disappointing eight-place finish as the choice in the Hall of Fame Stakes.

Those who prefer top-figure horses from top-shelf connections need look no further than Grand Reserve, a lightly raced colt trained by Bill Mott and ridden by the red-hot Jerry Bailey, who teamed up to sweep Wednesday's late daily double. , who posted a front-running win against maidens when he returned from a layoff at Saratoga, was also entered in a first-level allowance race on Thursday, so it would be a sign of confidence from the stable if he awaits this tougher spot.

If you fancy a European import getting Lasix for his U.S. debut, Cresson fits the bill. He lands in the barn of Christophe Clement following a close fourth-place finish in a listed stakes at Deauville in which beat 16 rivals.

Also meriting consideration are four contenders coming off sharp efforts at Monmouth Park: Tadreeb and Giant Wrecker emerge from off-the-pace triumphs in second-level allowances, while Doctor Voodoo and Spring House were beaten a little more than a length in the Choice Stakes and the Lamplighter Stakes, respectively.

* In the seventh race, millionaire and Grade 1 winner Gygistar returns to his favorite track and heads a field of seven in a allowance/optional claimer at one mile.